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By Leonard Benardo

Stopover at the web publication for the ebook at www.brooklynbyname.comFrom Bedford-Stuyvesant to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's ancient names are trademarks of yank tradition and background. Uncovering the impressive tales in the back of the landmarks, Brooklyn by means of identify takes readers on a walk during the streets and areas of this thriving city to bare the borough’s textured past.Listing greater than 500 of Brooklyn’s such a lot widespread position names, equipped alphabetically through zone, and richly illustrated with pictures and present maps the booklet captures the various threads of yank background. We find out about the Canarsie Indians, the region's first settlers, whose language survives in day-by-day site visitors stories concerning the Gowanus throughway. the arriving of the Dutch West India corporation in 1620 introduced the 1st wave of ecu names, from Boswijck (“town within the woods,” later Bushwick) to Bedford-Stuyvesant, after the debatable administrator of the Dutch colony, to various locations named after famous Dutch households just like the Bergens.The English takeover of the world in 1664 resulted in the Anglicization of Dutch names, (vlackebos, that means “wooded plain,” turned Flatbush) and the advent of distinctively English names (Kensington, Brighton Beach). A century later the yank Revolution swept away so much Tory monikers, exchanging them with signers of the announcement of Independence and overseas figures who supported the revolution similar to Lafayette (France), De Kalb (Germany), and Kosciuszko (Poland). We study too of the darkish corners of Brooklyn“s previous, encountering over 70 streets named for sought after slaveholders like Lefferts and Lott yet none for its most famed abolitionist, Walt Whitman.From the earliest settlements to fresh commemorations reminiscent of Malcolm X street, Brooklyn by means of identify tells the stories of the poets, philosophers, baseball heroes, diplomats, warriors, and saints who've left their imprint in this polyethnic borough that used to be virtually disastrously renamed “New York East.”Ideal for all Brooklynites, newbies, and viewers, this ebook includes:*Over 500 entries explaining the colourful heritage of Brooklyn's such a lot trendy position names *Over a hundred shiny photos of Brooklyn prior and present*9 effortless to persist with and updated maps of the neighborhoods *Informative sidebars overlaying issues like Ebbets box, Lindsay Triangle, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge*Covers all neighborhoods, simply locate the road you are on

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Columbia Heights The Heights refer to the estate of Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont, whose property scenically overlooked the water in the early nineteenth century. His mansion, “Four Chimneys,” carried a view (after 1814) of Fulton’s landmark steam ferry, for which Pierrepont was an important investor. Concord Street Most likely named for the historically significant town of Con42 | d ow ntow n bro oklyn cord, Massachusetts, an early battle site of the Revolutionary War and an inspirational venue for the literary masterpieces of Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne.

Doughty’s conversion destroyed his thriving law practice. Never one to duck from controversy, he crossed the river to New York City and spent a number of years as pastor of a Swedenborgian congregation on Pearl Street, where the New York County Courthouse now stands. Duffield Street Dr. John Duffield of Pennsylvania was a surgeon during the Revolutionary War and later one of Brooklyn’s first physicians. Elizabeth Place Dating from the 1820s the street is possibly named for Elizabeth Cornell; the prominent Cornell family built “Four Chimneys,” later the large home of Hezekiah Pierrepont (see Columbia Heights entry in this chapter).

S. congressman representing the areas of Bushwick and East New York. Stockholm Street Named for two landholding brothers, Andrew and Abraham Stockholm, who provided six lots of land on Bushwick Avenue for the building of the Second Dutch Reformed Church of South Bushwick in the early 1850s. The church’s first pastor was John S. Himrod (see entry in this chapter). Suydam Street An important Dutch family and one of Brooklyn’s oldest, the Suydams owned a farm that comprised a large section of Bushwick.

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